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Would You Live in a Smart Home?

Our July/August 2015 issue is all about home automation. When doing research, we asked our fans: would you live in a connected home? Here, we share some of the responses, ranging from the wary to the enthusiastic. Chime in with your own thoughts in the comments!
July 26, 2015
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5 Delightful Wood Tubs

We dream of soaking in these arboreal tubs after a long day's work.
July 17, 2015
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How to Decorate With Yellow (Without the Smiley-Face Connotations)

It takes courage to go bold with color, but even the hardest hues for decorating can be mastered when delicately deployed.
July 16, 2015
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6 Pieces of Live-Edge Furniture That Celebrate Wood's Natural Beauty

With a great piece of lumber as the starting point, it doesn't take a lot to turn a raw slab into a prize-worthy piece of furniture.
July 15, 2015
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5 Japanese-Style Homes with Engawas

A time-honored design element, the engawa describes the wide corridor, protected under eaves, that skirts the perimeters of a traditional Japanese house. Here, we highlight five indoor-outdoor homes with modern-day engawas.
July 15, 2015
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This Amazingly Tiny Restaurant in an Alley Is Under 8 Feet Wide

In Córdoba, Argentina, a minuscule passageway between buildings is now home to a luminous, modern restaurant.
July 14, 2015
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9 Colorful Entry Doors

These homes welcome visitors with a jolly splash of color.
July 2, 2015
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6 Marble Backsplashes That Keep it Classy

Marble's most dignified in small doses. Take a hint from these modern kitchens and use just a splash.
July 1, 2015
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Cutting-Edge Dorms Embrace The Landscape with No Need for Elevators or Interior Stairs

A pair of innovative dorm buildings push boundaries without showing off or upstaging their setting.
June 6, 2015